Lower Back Pain Impact
Lower back pain is one of the most commonly listed reasons for Americans to miss work. It is estimated that low back pain will affect 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives. While many people experience only temporary low back pain, there are a great deal of people who end up having chronic low back pain which can last months to years. While back pain can vary from person to person, it should be noted that back pain affects productivity and lost wages in the billions of dollars.
Are Chiropractor Manipulations safe?
Yes. When performed by a licensed and trained physician, the procedure is remarkably safe. Spinal manipulations are one of the most common treatments for lower back is chiropractic manipulation. According to the Washington Post approximately 20 million Americans receive treatment from chiropractors each year. In addition, spinal manipulations are used by more than just chiropractors. Osteopathic physicians, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists and some medical doctors use this technique to address spinal pain.
Are Chiropractor Manipulations effective?
Studies have shown that spinal manipulations can provide mild to moderate relief from low back pain and should be considered when low back pain does not improve with self-care. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that spinal manipulation was more effective than placebo and as effective as medication in reducing low back pain intensity.
Can Chiropractors help with Acute and Chronic Back Pain?
Yes. Patients who have been suffering from low back pain for a short period of time can benefit from self-care, non-drug therapies and spinal manipulation.
Chiropractic treatment better than drugs
Chronic Pain sufferers should be informed that long-term use of opioid drugs usually do not improve patient function. Lower back chronic pain sufferers would more than likely benefit from rehabilitative therapies such as physiotherapy exercise and spinal manipulations. There are many other factors that can affect the outcome of low back pain such as psychological and social factors, but spinal manipulations and therapy have the greatest success of improving function and reducing pain.